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Google's SOS alerts now let you see hurricane paths, flood forecasts, more

Google will also issue crisis navigation warnings if your route is affected by a natural disaster.

Published onJune 6, 2019

Google SOS alerts go visual.

Google has offered SOS alerts for natural disasters since 2017, giving users quick access to emergency contact numbers, breaking stories, and other related information. Now, the company has announced that it’ll be adding visual information to these SOS alerts in Google Maps.

The visual information includes the trajectory of floods and hurricanes, as well as earthquake visualizations. Google says it’ll also issue crisis navigation warnings in Google Maps if it thinks your route might be affected by a natural disaster.

“Flood forecasts visualizations will soon roll out starting in India in the Patna area, and then expand to the Ganges and Brahmaputra regions on Android, desktop, and mobile web,” Google noted in its blog post.

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Meanwhile, hurricane forecast cones will be available in the U.S., Mexico, Caribbean, Western Europe, Japan, Taiwan, China, Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand and South Korea. Hurricane forecast cones will be accessible via Android, desktop, iOS, and mobile browsers.

Earthquake visualizations and crisis navigation warnings will be available on a global basis via Android and iOS (although the former will also be accessible on desktop and mobile browsers).

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